There is no denying we are in the holiday season… We’ve already plowed through that turkey with means next stop is Christmas, Chanukah or what ever holiday you celebrate! As a blogger you get bombarded this time of year with products to review and recommend for gift giving, for the most most part I pass. Even when I was on radio I would not endorse any product or service I didn’t totally believe in… But when I saw an email from Hickory Farms I was instantly interested. It instantly reminded me what a big part of the holidays Hickory Farms was for me. My Mom was a single Mother, raising 2 kids and it wasn’t always easy and she had to work very hard to support us… She always made sure we had awesome holidays and birthdays. I remember we would usually go to the mall together at some point leading up to Christmas (back in the 80′s the Glendale Galleria was our closest mall) and my sister and I would always hit the Hickory Farms store and sample the sausages and cheeses and inevitably someone would gift us a sampler at some point over the holiday season and we would break it out New Years Eve. Trying to stay up to midnight, enjoying the sampling of meats, cheeses, crackers and nuts. Food can hold awesome memories and thinking back on those late night, end of the year snacks are good times.
To sweeten the deal Hickory Farms sent me a sampler (I’m waiting to enjoy it with my kids on New Years Eve)… and even better they are doing something really nice! Hickory Farms continues to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, working to end childhood hunger in America. For each Signature Party Planner Gift Box sold during holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to the effort, and customers can make donations of their own at the time of purchase. To date, Hickory Farms has contributed more than $4 million to the campaign. And Hickory Farms has a proud tradition of supporting the military and offers complimentary shipping on select gifts to military addresses around the world throughout the year. So have some yummy eats and help feed hungry kids this holiday season!
As we wrap up the year I thought I would share some of my favorite music from 2015 with you (Some are on the label I work for, some are not… they are all good!)
Family Of The Year released their self-titled album this year and it is really great. Below is the video for “Carry Me,” but check out “Make You Mine” too.
Kurt Vile was a member of The War On Drugs, but decided he liked making solo albums better… And his newest is great, here’s the first single “Pretty Pimpin.”
Blur returned this year and didn’t miss a step, here’s “Ong Ong.”
New Order also put out new music this year, Music Complete is as good an album as they have ever made. Check out “Restless”
Florence + The Machine consistently put out great music and this years How Big How Blue How Beautiful was no different. The whole album is a must listen, but here’s a taste with “Ship To Wreck.”
Father John Misty made every cool kids list this year… and even though I’m not cool he made my list too! Enjoy “Bored In The USA.”
Boy & Bear are Australian and Awesome, their new album Limit Of Love expands off of last years Harlequin Dream. Here’s the very fun video for “Walk The Wire.”
B0rns were one of my favorite discoveries of 2015, Dopamine throws back to the past while adding something new. Here’s the first single “Electric Love.”
That’s all I’ll drop on you now, maybe I’ll get one more music post in before the end of the year!
And before I go do the podcast I thought I would share one quick, easy recipe for extra yummy Peanut Butter Ball Cookies:
1 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Melted Butter
2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup M&M’s
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until evenly mixed.
Form into small balls and set on wax paper on a cookie sheet.
Chill in fridge for 20 minutes
either enjoy or cover with melted chocolate and re-chill.
Save one (or three) for me!
Rock On, Jack